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Confident but respectful

Mourinho expects ‘a great game of football’

Real Madrid are in Munich for the Champions League semi-final first leg on Tuesday – but only for 30 hours and 40 minutes. Keen to spend as little time as necessary on the away trip, the party from Spain’s most successful club didn’t arrive at Munich airport until 5.30 pm on Monday, with the return flight booked for quarter past midnight on Tuesday, as early as possible after the final whistle.

That reeks of confidence à la José Mourinho, confidence à la Real Madrid. Nevertheless, the Special One is respectful too: “FC Bayern is an institution. They have a good coach, and players for the special moments,” said Mourinho, whose focus is on a double triumph comprising the Champions League and the Spanish title. With five games to go in La Liga, leaders Real are four points clear of champions Barcelona. However, sandwiched between the European double header against FCB, the men from the Spanish capital must visit Barcelona for El Clásico on Saturday evening.